Thursday, October 23, 2008

Recent Tempting Titles 700s - 800s

Click on any image or title link to place a hold via the online catalog. You can also now see a full list of the books librarians have ordered in the last two months by clicking on the Coming Soon button on the left of any library web page or as a tab on the catalog page. (Not all are in the online catalog yet as these few selections are but they're on the way.)

The nonfiction books of Tempting Titles are arranged by Dewey Decimal order, just the way they would be arranged on the New Book Shelves. Here are today's offerings:

700s - Art, Music, Entertainment, Sports

“The 25-year-old Chinese piano prodigy chronicles his coming of age. . . A true rags-to-riches story told with fervor and variety.” (Kirkus Reviews)

We don't have the first one, but the subject headings say it all.
Celebrities -- conduct of life;
Celebrities -- caricatures and cartoons;
Celebrities -- pictorial

“In this light biography of Siegfried and Roy, the authors note that the entertainers kept their intimate lives private, leaving little for would-be biographers to reveal. ... This isn’t a comprehensive study of the work of Siegfried and Roy, but fans will still have fun with it.” (Publisher Weekly)

“This is an eye-opening, fair-minded bio of a woman who brought a lot of joy to fans but has found very little herself.” (Publisher Weekly)

800s - Literature

"A straightforward compilation of the four major writing-style manuals -- American Psychological Association (APA), Chicago Manual of Style (CMS), Council of Science Editors (CSE), and the Modern Language Association (MLA) -- this fully revised handbook distills the major concepts into easily understandable terms and provides complete citation examples for each source type." (Publisher description)

"For the purposes of this book, I am dealing with the slice-of-life memoir in which you identify one potent period and you explore it through vivid imagery, honest voice, stunning compassion, and a deep awareness of the larger issues at play that guide your story in a subliminal way—myth, metaphor, and current issues of the day." (Book excerpt)

How Fiction Works byJames Wood [No image available]

"What makes a story a story? What is style? What's the connection between realism and real life? These are some of the questions James Wood answers in How Fiction Works, the first book-length essay by the preeminent critic of his generation. Ranging widely--from Homer to David Foster Wallace, from What Maisie Knew to Make Way for Ducklings--Wood takes the reader through the basic elements of the art, step by step." (Publisher description)

Speeches, interviews, unauthorized views and reactions to Los Angeles' own library loving free speech hero. (Summary)

Mother on Fire: the truth about parenting by Sandra Tsing Loh

"Radio commentator and performer Loh (A Year in Van Nuys) has penned a hilarious memoir with the same title as her one-woman comedy show, which ran for seven months in Los Angeles. The story begins as a droll little breeze that soon sucks the reader into a frenzied whirlwind as Loh recounts her harrowing quest to find a suitable kindergarten for Hannah, her four-year-old daughter (Loh habitually calls Isabel, her two-year-old, simply The Squid.)" (Publisher Weekly)

Chronicles the life of the master writer, offering insight into his involvement in the politics and religion of his era, and covering such topics as his writings against King Charles, his troubled relationships, and the impact of the Restoration on his survival. (Book summary)

"For those wearied by doorstop biographies, this lean and urbane dual portrait is a breath of fresh air. As lawyer and writer Lebedoff (Cleaning Up) makes clear, on the surface no two British writers could be more different. Evelyn Waugh was a loud convert to Catholicism, an even louder social climber and very much a man of Empire. George Orwell (Eric Blair) could best be described as a long-suffering atheistic humanist, a utopian socialist and dreamer." (Publisher Weekly)

"Virginia Woolf is a feminist icon, and her husband, Leonard, was a committed socialist and supporter of workers' rights. Yet, says Light, in this fresh take on Bloomsbury, the couple perpetuated the class system by paying a pittance to their charwoman. In her attempt to restore the servants to the Bloomsbury story, Light also ruminates about whether the dependence of Woolf and her sister, Vanessa Bell, on their assorted live-in maids and cooks plays havoc with the idealized image of them as bohemian, free women creating a new kind of life." (Publisher Weekly)

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